Caistor wins Bloom title for second year

From left: Caistor in Bloom chairman Deborah Barker, Neil Birks, Richard Headland, Rick Merrall, Gill Somerscales, Sue Neave, Michael Galligan and Alan Somerscales hold all of the certificates presented at Skegness.
From left: Caistor in Bloom chairman Deborah Barker, Neil Birks, Richard Headland, Rick Merrall, Gill Somerscales, Sue Neave, Michael Galligan and Alan Somerscales hold all of the certificates presented at Skegness.
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Caistor has been left “astounded” after it overcame tough competition to retain its ‘best large village’ title at East Midlands in Bloom.

For the second year running, Caistor has won a gold award as well as the category winner’s title and a special judges award for community engagement.

Caistor in Bloom’s hardworking volunteers are thrilled at winning - but struggling to take in the exciting news.

The group’s chairman, Deborah Barker, said: “We’re absolutely astounded, it’s incredible but a bit surreal.

“I was really convinced we were going to be second this year.”

In fact, Caistor in Bloom actually did slightly better than last year, scoring an additional four points with an impressive 186 out of a possible 200.

Ms Barker said businesses in the town had been great and many more had got on board this year.

She said: “Everyone in the town has been great, there’s so much civic pride.

“I’m happy for the whole of Caistor.

“It’s such a brilliant place and has such a strong community.”

Ms Barker was keen to stress judges not only look at the town’s floral displays, but also how clean and tidy the area, its green credentials and many other factors.

East Midlands in Bloom chairman Jeff Bates said: “It is very pleasing to see that there is growing interest from communities to work together and improve quality of the environment where they live.

“The awards show that high standards are being maintained and there are many examples of projects that have delivered long lasting improvements.”

Now, Caistor in Bloom members have an anxious wait until October 12 when they find out how they have got on at the national Britain in Bloom competition.

* Elsewhere, Kirton Lindsey picked up a bronze award at the East Midlands in Bloom awards, also in the large village category.